South Island municipalities offer tips, resources for keeping cool in hot weather

South Island municipalities offer tips, resources for keeping cool in hot weather
The City of Victoria has set up misting stations to help residents stay cool in the high temperatures. (CHEK News)

With heat warnings in effect for most of the province, south Island municipalities have made tips and resources available to help people keep cool.

East Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria, and the Southern Gulf Islands are under heat warnings with temperatures expected to reach daytime highs of 31 to 35 degrees Celsius inland and 25 to 29 degrees Celsius near the water. Early morning lows are expected to be between 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.

These temperatures are expected to last until Saturday.

Following the heat dome in 2021 where 619 people died, the province implemented a heat warning system in an effort to prevent the high number of deaths due to the heat.

The B.C. Heat Alert Response System (HARS) has two-tiers to alert the province of heat events.

Under the system, a tier one response would be triggered if Environment and Climate Change Canada says daytime temperatures will reach a certain temperature then the nighttime temperatures do not fall below a certain temperature. The second tier would be triggered if these temperatures are expected for three days in a row.

The regional temperatures are:

  • Southwest: daytime high of 29 C, nighttime low of 16 C (including Vancouver Island, except the northern part)
  • Fraser: daytime high of 33 C, nighttime low of 17 C
  • Southeast (Largely interior region of BC): daytime high of 35 C, nighttime low of 18 C
  • Northeast: daytime high of 29 C, nighttime low of 14 C
  • Northwest: daytime high of 28 C, nighttime low of 13 C (including northern Vancouver Island)

Victoria has rolled out part of its heat plan by setting up misting stations around the municipality.

Saanich has made tips on how to stay cool available, and the district’s recreation centres are available to cool down, some for free, some with admission costs.

Oak Bay has cooling centres available for free at Oak Bay Recreation Center and Monterey Centre.

There will be a cooling centre set up in the Central Saanich Cultural Centre.

In Sidney, the SHOAL Centre, located at 10030 Resthaven Drive, will serve as a cooling centre.

The hours at splash parks in Langford have been extended due to the hot weather, and the Connection Point Church will be opening as a cooling centre.

The Westshore Emergency Program has compiled a map of spray parks, parks, lakes, beach access, water fountains, and air-conditioned public spaces for the public to access.

In Metchosin there will be cooling centres available and misting stations installed at fire hydrants.

North Saanich, Esquimalt, and View Royal are offering tips on how to stay cool to their residents.

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